Divorce is the dissolution or termination of a marriage, while a separation without dissolution of the marriage does not end the marriage, but allows the spouses to live separately while remaining married. In other words, separation means that individuals are still married in the eyes of the law. This separation agreement provides both parties with a degree of protection and security at an otherwise very uncertain time. In South Africa, the separation without dissolution of marital labour has no legal status and is rather an agreement between spouses. Under South African law, one can be either; Single, married or divorced. The legal proceedings inevitably go on. There is a much greater chance of keeping your future relationship friendly (and agreeing on a split that suits both parties, keeping mutual friends and facilitating access to children) if you can work out the details of the separation together before you get a court. An act of separation can make the divorce process simpler, faster and less stressful, as many difficult things have already been agreed. The CC concluded that the intentions of the parties were clear, as the worker separated from his employer on final terms. The CC found that the agreement itself was clear and that a valid compromise prevailed over all other contractual rights that the worker might have had. If one of you violates the act of separation and the other goes to court to enforce it, the judge will make an assessment as described above and apply the agreement to the extent that he deems it correct. Lawyers can be good negotiators and give good advice on claims, but there is nothing in a separation agreement that requires legal knowledge or a lawyer. This document gets the same thing that a lawyer would do for you after a few sessions.
Unless you want a lawyer for another reason, you can save time and money by filling out this document yourself instead of asking him to do it for you at a high hourly price. In the agreement, the worker acknowledged and accepted that the termination of his employment relationship was without undue coercion or influence and that he had voluntarily and unconditionally waived his right to apply to the CCMA and any other jurisdiction for discharge.